|Dave, Ozzie the cat, Marilen, and Stefanie (my sister), Christmas 1976|
Today is my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. They were high school sweethearts so they've been together almost 50 years, but tied the knot on a, no doubt, sticky hot August day back in 1971. "Where has the time gone?" is how my dad put it this morning when I talked to him on the phone. But as they say "time flies when you're having fun" and since these two have always made fun--and family & friends, of course--the center of their relationship, the years have just flown off the calendar. I have learned so much from these two--not just as parents and partners--but as reasonable human beings. My two siblings and I grew up learning about frugality (shopping at rummages, making what they could, and otherwise saving like crazy), work ethic (with a definite "work hard, play hard" attitude), beauty (filling our home with simple, beautiful things inside and out), love (though VERY tough at times), and celebration (there's always time for family, friends, and a party in their books.) They've stay together through thick and thin; many ups and downs with their kids; the passing of parents, friends, and relatives and have remained quite happy through it all. Here's to you, Dad and Mom, and many more years together.
|Bay View High School Prom, Milwaukee, 1966|
|Murder Mystery Dinner Party, circa early 1990s|
|Happy Holidays, circa 2007|